British professional boxer David Haye gave an ultimatum to fellow countryman Tony Bellew regarding the possibility of the duo fighting each other in future.
Haye outright denied the likelihood of him competing in the cruiserweight division, whereas he has been playing in the heavyweight segment.
The feud between the two has been brewing for some time and Haye even sided with Bellew’s American counterpart BJ Flores to win the bout against the Brit.
However, the reigning cruiserweight champion successfully defended his WBC title last Saturday, fighting in ruthless fashion sending his opponent to the floor three times.
Immediately after reclaiming the belt, Bellew called out Haye, who was present at the venue on ringside, challenging him for a fight soon. Haye did not retaliate then but had an answer for him later.
Daily Mail quoted the former heavyweight champion saying: “He [ Bellew] believes he’s invincible, but I definitely think it’s a step too far to go up heavyweight and fight me.
“Crazy – I’m not going to go back down to a less-glamorous division than the one I’m in now for a loud mouthed guy like him.”
The chances of the compatriots facing each other further escalated after Eddie Hearn, the promoter of the 33-year-old, stated that moving up a division would be a scenario his client might consider.
The prospect of fighting one of his bitter rivals is the motivating factor for Bellew, according to his promoter.
Speaking on the issue, Hearn said: “He’s just looking at Haye, not the heavyweight division as a whole. He can put some muscle on.
“People laugh when I say he’s got a similar hand speed to Haye but Haye’s up at heavyweight – he looks a lot faster. Tony fancies the fight. We’ll try and make it.”
After the recent verbal encounters, it can be determined that a fight it definitely feasible in the future, taking into account that both boxers are willing to take the ring.
Nonetheless, the vision of ‘the Bomber’ at one corner with ‘the Hayemaker’ on the other end, would be a highly anticipated clash the world awaits.